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Norfolk Countryside and Villages food and drink

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There are excellent places to eat and drink in every corner of Norfolk. You'll find gourmet pubs, acclaimed celebrity restaurants, shabby-chic tea rooms and small cafes full of local character. Wherever you are staying, you're bound to find your own favourites and what follows here is just a tiny sample of what's on offer.

The Brovey Liar in Ovington is a unique award-winning restaurant. When booking a table the chef will talk to you to design a meal around your preferences and they specialise in fresh fish & seafood. Chef Tina has a grade six for "Exemplary cooking skills, innovative ideas, impeccable ingredients and an element of excitement”

The award-winning Parson Woodforde at Weston Longville, about nine miles north-west of Norwich, comes highly recommended. There's a choice of excellent bar meals as well as a full a la carte menu, and the pub is open all day from breakfast time.

The Dial House in Reepham is newly opened, and owned by Iain Wilson, who also runs the renowned Byfords in Holt and The Pigs in Edgefield. Delicious food, gorgeous surroundings and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere are all guaranteed.

The Earle Arms at Heydon is a great little pub in a pretty village setting, with fabulous food cooked fresh on the premises. Well behaved dogs are welcome here.

If you're visiting the charming market town of Aylsham, a fine lunch or evening meal is to be had in the Black Boys Hotel restaurant, within a lovely listed building in the town centre. The menu offers both traditional and more imaginative dishes, using fresh local produce wherever possible.

The Pigs at Edgefield, near the pretty village of Melton Constable, is something special, too. Chef and landlord Tim Abbott describes his style as 'proudly British' and his delicious food is served in a relaxed and casual environment. Using very local produce, the menu includes tasty dishes from the past, often using cuts of meat forgotten in recent years.

The Fox at Hevingham is a welcoming place to stop for lunch or dinner. This 17th-Century coaching inn boasts a traditional interior complete with beams and log fire, and the food certainly won't disappoint. The menu offers freshly prepared dishes using the best locally sourced ingredients.

The Bird in the Hand at Wreningham is not far from the historic market town of Wymondham — well worth a visit in its own right, with its magnificent abbey and ancient buildings set around a pretty market place. At the pub you'll find a welcoming atmosphere and top quality seasonal menus prepared daily by the talented chefs. The lovely gardens are a pleasure for al fresco dining on fine days and evenings.

North-west of Wymondham in the large Georgian village of Hingham, the White Hart has quickly gained a reputation amongst locals and visitors alike for its great food and friendly service. One of the Flying Kiwi Inns family, it is run under the auspices of celebrity chef Chris Coubrough, whose imaginative, carefully-prepared menus get rave reviews from his customers.

Near Attleborough, the Boars at Spooner Row is another treat. This friendly gastro pub offers an ever-changing and imaginative seasonal menu and a lovely ambiance and is highly recommended. In North Walsham you'll find the Beeches Hotel offers a warm welcome, with a high standard of service and good food served in beautiful surroundings.

Finally, Brasteds near Poringland is an award-winning restaurant located in the picturesque privately owned village of Framingham Pigot. The menu changes regularly to make good use of locally-sourced seasonal produce and the style is traditional British dishes with a modern European twist.